The Influence of Personality Traits and Quality of LMX Relationship on the Job Performance of Engineers in Malaysia

  • Tony Leong Weng Beng
  • Rajendran Muthuveloo

Abstract

This research studies how personality traits affect the job performance of engineers in Malaysia and how the quality of Leader-Member exchange (LMX) relationship moderates this relationship. A sample of engineers working in Electrical and Electronics based companies in Malaysia were studied and the results showed that Extraversion and Openness were positively correlated to Job Performance while Agreeableness and Neuroticism were negatively correlated. The quality of LMX was however found to negatively moderate both the relationships between Extraversion to Job Performance and Openness to Job Performance. This finding goes counter to the traditional LMX theory which suggests that a stronger emotional attachment between leader and member lead to higher job performance. Possible reasons for this finding are discussed in this paper.


Research paper


Keywords: Job Performance; LMX Relationship; Personality; Engineers; Five-Factor Model


Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Weng Beng, T. L., & Muthuveloo, R. (2019). The Influence of Personality Traits and Quality of LMX Relationship on the Job Performance of Engineers in Malaysia, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, 7(2), 220–238.

Published
Dec 22, 2019
How to Cite
WENG BENG, Tony Leong; MUTHUVELOO, Rajendran. The Influence of Personality Traits and Quality of LMX Relationship on the Job Performance of Engineers in Malaysia. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, p. 220-238, dec. 2019. ISSN 2345-4695. Available at: <http://scientificia.com/index.php/JEBE/article/view/125>. Date accessed: 31 oct. 2020.
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